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 (sĭt′skrēg′, zĭt′-)
Warfare marked by a lack of aggression or progress.

[Coined on the model of blitzkrieg : German Sitz, act of sitting; see sitz bath + German Krieg, war; see blitzkrieg.]
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(ˈsɪtsˌkriːɡ; ˈzɪts-)
(Military) a period during a war in which both sides change positions very slowly or not at all
[C20: from German, from sitzen to sit + Krieg war]
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This passive inactivity, while Germany was occupied in the east devouring Poland, was scathingly referred to by some as "sitzkrieg" to distinguish it from the German blitzkrieg.
In America, most called it "The European War." The British and French had declared war with Germany in an effort to save Poland and then did practically nothing to help the Poles; the subsequent lack of activity on Germany's Western Front prompted other Americans to declare it a "Phony War." In France it was often called the drole de guerre--an "odd war." Humorists familiar with the German language referred to it as a Sitzkrieg. A few neutral analysts suspected that the British and French would eventually accept Germany's control of Poland as an accomplished fact and there would be a negotiated peace.
The competing impulses towards wholeness and fragmentation, union and dispersal, she adds, are iterated and heightened through the enactment of "anticipatory grief" on the precipice of World War II (although she mistakenly sets the novel during the Sitzkrieg [12, 159, 163]).
While everyone else is using social media as a healthcare communications blitzkrieg, or "lightening war," regulated industry is digging in for a sitzkrieg, a "sitting war."
(19) The period from the end of the invasion of Poland in September 1939 to the start of the blitzkrieg in the West in May 1940 is also known as the Sitzkrieg due to the lack of any fighting in Europe.
"Now the order of the film would tend to imply that the illegalisms practiced by the aristocracy (most obviously, adultery) amount to a waste of time when the nation would better be readying itself against armed, trigger-happy enemies stationed near the border of Alsace-Lorraine; that the week spent at the chateau is tantamount to the French Sitzkrieg at the moment when Nazi Germany was about to launch its Blitzkrieg." (103 in Tom Conley, "The Laws of the Game: Jean Renoir, La Regle du jeu," in John Denvir, ed., Legal Reelism: Movies as Legal Texts [Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1996], 96-117.)